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Saudi Women Rev Up Motorbikes as End to Driving Ban Nears

Even a year ago, it would have been hard to imagine -- Saudi women clad in skinny jeans and Harley-Davidson T-shirts, revving motorbikes at a Riyadh sports circuit.

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Pope Jean-Paul II Statue Moved to Avoid French Secularism Laws

A 13-ton statue of late pope Jean-Paul II was moved Monday to "private land" in northwestern France following a court ruling it had to be taken down due to strict secularism laws separating church and state.

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Muslim Rapper at Bataclan 'Sacrilege', Says French Right

Right-wing French leaders have condemned as "sacrilege" a decision to allow a provocative Muslim rapper to play the Bataclan concert hall in Paris where jihadists massacred 90 people three years ago.

Medine -- who caused an outcry when he attacked hardline secularists in a controversial 2015 song, "Don't Laik", a week before the Charlie Hebdo killings -- is to play the Bataclan for two nights in October.

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Pope Accepts Resignation of 3 Chilean Bishops in Sex Abuse Scandal

Pope Francis accepted Monday the resignation of three Chilean bishops including the controversial Juan Barros following a child sex abuse scandal in Chile which has come to haunt his papacy.

The entire Chilean delegation of bishops tendered its resignation to the pope last month after a series of meetings at the Vatican.

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Eight Months On, #MeToo Conquering the US

A "Miss America" pageant without swimsuits, tougher sexual harassment laws, more women running for office: Eight months after the downfall of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo movement reverberates across America.

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No Putin Backing for #MeToo

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he did not support the global #MeToo movement in which women have publicly denounced their sexual abusers.

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Not Read a Book Lately? Blame Netflix, Says Study

Are you all caught up on your favorite Netflix show, but that novel on your nightstand is gathering dust?

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Scans Reveal Newsprint, Second Painting under Picasso

Infrared imaging technology has helped peel back the layers of a Pablo Picasso painting on display in Japan, and revealed a page from a 1902 newspaper and another composition below.

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Saudi Arabia Reshuffles Cabinet with Eye on Culture

Saudi Arabia announced another cabinet reshuffle Saturday with a heavy focus on culture and religion, as the kingdom undergoes a major image overhaul.

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Danish Circumcision Ban to Go to Parliament

A petition calling for a ban on male circumcision in Denmark will now go to parliament after organisers said Friday it had attracted more than the 50,000 signatures required.

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